Use of Last-Resort Antibiotics May Lead to Veterans’ Disability
Hospitals run by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are seeing more cases of soldiers and veterans who have infections that are resistant to common antibiotics. This has led to a recent increase in the use of last-resort drugs that often have disabling side effects.
Recent studies have shown that the use of antibiotics known as polymyxins, which can cause severe kidney damage, increased in VA hospitals by 25%, between 2005 and 2010. Aside from the dangerous and disabling side effects, doctors fear that overuse could lead to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that will leave them with no treatment options.
Active duty soldiers who fight particularly resistant infections may develop damage from the constant treatment or disabling conditions related to the use of these last-resort drugs. This damage can often create more severe health problems later on in their life as a veteran, which may qualify them for veterans’ disability benefits.
Service-connected diseases are a risk that servicemembers face at all levels of their military career. Infections developed on the battlefield due to delays in treating open wounds can cause serious illness, and certain disabling conditions developed later in life, such as diabetes, can leave veterans more prone to infection. It’s important for veterans to receive adequate care they deserve.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.